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Epic Games has released a new title update for third-person shooter Gears of War 3. The update makes the game more friendly for professional gaming, among other changes.

Private Versus matches now support a Spectator mode. One player on each team can choose to spectate before the match begins. The change was designed with gaming leagues in mind.

The update includes a number of bug fixes and tweakes as well. For example, Mortar fire will no longer cause you to drop your weapon (unless you die, of course). Also, the Leader and Vengeful medals are now easier to earn.

The full patch notes are below. Epic Games' Rod Fergusson will be discussing the update at 5PM EST today on Twitch.TV.

Epic's post-launch support also includes new content. Earlier this month, they released the "Horde Command Pack" which added new maps, skins, and fortifications for Horde mode. A free "Versus Booster Map Pack" will arrive on Thanksgiving.
  • A spectator mode option has been added to private versus matches for broadcasting by gaming leagues.
    • One player on each team will be able to choose spectator mode during match set up.
    • The matches will be 4v4 with two spectators
  • The Leader and Vengeful medals are now easier to acquire.
  • The mutators Roadie Comet and Regen Enemies are now easier to acquire.
  • Added an option to disable the HUD during multiplayer games for machinima and video creators
  • Added a visual indicator of the next ring’s location during the last 10 ring points in KOTH.
Exploit Fixes
  • The Onyx Field Engineer medal can no longer be prestiged.
  • In Capture the Leader, the overhead Beams on DryDock are no longer accessible.
  • While affected by the Smoke Grenade stun, players will no longer be able to take hostages, pick up weapons or revive teammates. General Fixes
    • If there is a host migration during Horde, the match will resume at the same wave.
    • Also during Horde, the Combat Engineer ribbon can now be achieved once per wave instead of once per game.
    • The Ranked Disconnect stat will no longer increase when quitting a standard Horde or Beast game.
    • The cringe from the Mortar will no longer cause players to drop their primary weapon.
    • The Hail Mary ribbon is now correctly awarded for long distance Boomshot headshots.
    • Maps will no longer be immediately repeated when choosing random map selection.
    • If the host pauses during a private versus match the game will continue for other players.
      • The game will still pause in the Campaign, Beast and Horde.
    • Potential fix for the rare lost progress issue.
    • Potential fix for the rare profile freezing issue.
    • Beast leaderboard screen no longer refreshes while sending challenges

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